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Exacerbation of COPD | DECAF Score for Predicting Hospital Mortality

Purpose:

To predict mortality for a patient admitted to the hospital with an exacerbation of COPD based on the DECAF score of Steer et al.

Specialty:

Pulmonology & Critical Care

Objective:

severity, prognosis, stage

ICD-10:

J44

Description:

Steer et al reported the DECAF score for evaluating a patient hospitalized for an exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is based on the 5 strongest predictors of mortality. The authors are from North Tyneside General Hospital and Newcastle University in England.

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